“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
In the 1 Corinthians 2:9 passage, it says something beautiful. Even if your eye hasn’t seen, and your ear hasn’t heard, God is at work. He prepares for those who love Him. He sent His Son and He sends His Word and Spirit!
The heart of man imagines many things. They can be grand. They can be beautiful. Those things can be honest, sincere, affection, and wise. They can be true. But our Lord is beyond our imagination and even His work that is accomplished for us (!) has elements far, far beyond our understanding. Too quickly we belittle what has been done for us in Christ.
God prepares for those who love him. He considers even those with unseeing eyes and deaf ears. He looks beyond what we can imagine, feel, focus, or aspire to, because, to Him, even that which seems immense to us is an unnecessary boundary. His preparations for our eternity, for the sake of His Son and His mercy, is unimaginable!
So, if imagination is lacking for you, it isn’t for God. 🙂 He uses it even now as He prepares a place in His land to come. If your eyes are glossing over rather than looking at a page, He’s still doing what needs to be done. If even your ears are stopped up by sickness—physical, cultural, emotional, or intellectually related—He still sends His living Word for you.
Lord, thank you for 1 Corinthians 2:9. Thank you for your plans and preparations, for your Son and Spirit! You make us and accept us into your gracious fatherly love. Thank you for the gift of love, and the gift of faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. Grants us love for you and all the gifts and inheritance connected with You and Your Son.